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Newton mansion stars in new novel

March 31, 2022 | By Ted Ayers

Correction: An earlier version of this article gave the wrong date and place for a talk by the authors. They will speak Friday, April 22, at 7 p.m., at the Warkentin House Museum in Newton. I have read many a book in my day, but I don’t recall ever reading one where the story was […]

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‘Canaan’ connects history, generations

| By Nancy Carver Singleton

When it came to directing a new play called “Canaan,” Sheila Kinnard drew on personal experience. The play portrays tumultuous events that took place in Washington, D.C. in 1968. As a high school student that year, Kinnard visited Howard University in the nation’s capital and saw student protesters occupy a building. Kinnard transferred to the […]

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An Art Deco of our own

| By Joe Stumpe

Art Deco is a style that’s never gone out of style in Wichita — even if some of it seems hidden in plain sight. In architecture, its influence can be seen from our splendid downtown federal courthouse and other office, retail, apartment and school buildings still used for their original purposes to many others that […]

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The unplotted path to a prison ministry

| By Julie Hying

ANDOVER — What do high school English students, youth soccer players, members of an east-side church and inmates of a state prison have in common? They’ve all benefited from Jeff Roper’s passion for helping people. Roper seemed headed for a conventional business career when he graduated from the University of Kansas in 1979 with degrees […]

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Ukraine war stirs powerful memories

| By Ernestine Williams Krehbiel

My first trip abroad took place in summer 1990 with a group of Wichita educators touring the Soviet Union. We were in Moscow first where I tried to pick up how to say please and thank you. Then we went to Kiev, Ukraine.  Some powerful memories of Ukraine. As I said, I had learned the […]

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Choral Society marks 75th anniversay with concert

| By The Active Age

When Vicky Mazurek moved to Wichita, she had two needs to fill immediately. “The first thing you do is look for a church and some music,” said Mazurek. Mazurek found music in the Wichita Choral Society. Nearly 50 years later, she’s still singing with the group, which will celebrate a belated 75th anniversary this month. […]

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Tail end of this story a real stinker

| By Ted Blankenship

The other day I was gazing at our painting of a herd of skunks by our friend Noel Linder. They are five in all, traipsing across a lawn single file. Despite their stinky reputation, skunks are kind of cute — until you annoy them. They may then spray you with a strong irritant from a […]

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From Model T to Tesla, transportation and times changed

| By Wanda Philips

Life can be fun at any age. It’s not always easy, but with a little luck, some curiosity and a few well-chosen friends,  it can happen. A friend, Carol, who lives in the place where I live, asked if I would like to see her nephew Lance’s car. Well, heck, I can see all the […]

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March Briefs

| By The Active Age

Picklepalooza 2022 to be held at Riverside Tennis Center Picklepalooza, a pickleball tournament for players 50 and up, is back for a second year. This year’s tournament will be held Saturday, April 30, at the Ralph Wulz Riverside Tennis Center, 551 N. Nims. Registration is $60 and is open through April 23. You can register […]

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Letters to the Editor

| By The Active Age

Afghans welcomed Thank you for your coverage of the Afghan refugees here (“A refuge rises: Afghan refugees welcomed to new homes in Kansas,” March 2022). We’ve witnessed an amazing outpouring of compassionate aid, and it’s just beginning. I’ve spent a couple of days with some of our Afghanistan families and as I’ve found in my […]

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Biden, nursing homes clash over quality of care

| By The Active Age

President Joe Biden recently proposed reforms that he says would improve the safety and quality of nursing home care and hold nursing homes accountable for the care they provide.  “Despite the tens of billions of federal taxpayer dollars flowing to nursing homes each year, too many continue to provide poor, sub-standard care that leads to […]

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Savvy Senior

| By The Active Age

Does Medicare cover power lift chairs? Dear Savvy Senior, Because of back pain and knee arthritis I’m interested in getting a power lift recliner for my living room that’s easy for me to get into and out of. Does Medicare cover them? Can’t Get Up Dear Can’t, Yes, Medicare does indeed provide some coverage for […]

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Acclaimed flutist to perform at WSU

| By The Active Age

Grammy-nominated flutist and composer Allison Loggins-Hull will make her Wichita debut in a recital for flute and electronics this Sunday, April 3 at 1:30 p.m. in Wiedemann Hall on Wichita State University campus. Recital tickets from $6-12 are available at wichita.universitytickets.com or at the door. Loggins-Hull’s performing and composing span the spectrum from popular to […]

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Nursing homes lag on staff vaccinations

February 25, 2022 | By The Active Age

The Active Age With less than a month to go, it appears unlikely that some area nursing homes will meet the federal government’s March 15 deadline for having all healthcare workers fully vaccinated against COVID-19. According to data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, only four nursing homes in Sedgwick and Butler counties […]

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New Active Age advertising manager is a familar face

| By The Active Age

Teresa Schmied has returned to The Active Age as advertising manager. Schmied replaced Mike Parker, who left to take a job with the Vegas Voice in Las Vegas, Nev. Schmied previously served as advertising manager of The Active Age from 2013 to 2018. Prior to that, she worked in advertising sales with Pennypower and The […]

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Encounter with local TV idol not exactly as planned

| By Patrick Palmer

I recently found myself in an online exchange about local TV shows of our youth. Of course, that brought up memories of my after-grade school favorite, Major Astro. The concept of the show that debuted in 1960 took advantage of the nation’s burgeoning interest in the space race, along with Wichita’s rich history of aviation […]

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Teacher loved school, and students loved her

| By Barbara Hammond

If there’s such a thing as a born teacher, Elfrieda Shellenberger was it. “As a very young girl, I would line up my dolls and play school with them,” she told me. “I would teach them the Sunday School lesson. And I even had a little grade book where I would mark their tardies and […]

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Recipe for You or Two: Pizza Pasta

| By Tammara Fogle

Roberta Hulbert is the winner of a $25 gift certificate donated by the Spice Merchant for submitting this month’s Recipe for You or Two: Pizza Pasta. “These are my favorite pizza toppings, but with pasta instead of a crust,” Hulbert said. “Easy!” To submit your own Recipe for You or Two, mail to The Active […]

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March Briefs

| By The Active Age

Cowboy concert The Delano Wind Ensemble is staging a concert inspired by the American West and its most iconic character, the cowboy. “Home on the Range,” “Shenandoah,” “Oklahoma!” and the theme from “The Magnificent Seven” are some of the pieces the group will play before finishing with John Phillip Sousa’s march “El Capitan.” The performance […]

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Caregivers support group forming

| By The Active Age

Hand in Hand, a caregivers support group, will hold its first meeting Monday, March 21, at Believers Southern Baptist Church, 13909 W. 21st St. N. in Wichita.  The group is for people who are giving care and need emotional support. It is not disease or disorder specific. The group will meet on the third Monday […]

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Friday Lenten dinners return to Our Lady of Perpetual Help

| By The Active Age

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, 2409 N. Market in Wichita, Kan., is bringing back its annual meatless Mexican food dinners on Friday during Lent after taking a break due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Starting on March 4 and each Friday through April 8, the church will be selling meatless Mexican food from 5-7 p.m. […]

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‘On Animals’ not just for critter lovers

| By Tammara Fogle

“On Animals,” by Susan Orlean (Avid Reader Press, 2021, 237 pages, $28.00) Susan Orlean is one of my favorite writers, and that kind of enthusiasm for her work is widespread. A staff writer for The New Yorker magazine since 1992, Orlean was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard in 2003 and received a Guggenhiem Fellowship in […]

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Unleash the hounds at your own risk

| By Ted Blankenship

My wife and I live in a Bel Aire independent living complex where there are dogs everywhere — out being walked, taken for a toilet run or just being their cute selves.  They’re always on a leash of course, because that’s the rule. When you live in the country, dog ownership is different. They dearly […]

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Giving of yourself the best gift of all

| By Tiya Tonn

  One of the most rewarding experiences available is the opportunity to impact the lives of others in a positive way through volunteering. The giving of time and talent is likely to improve the life of the giver, too. Volunteers often become healthier, not only from the positivity they feel but because volunteering actually reduces […]

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Recent Donations

| By The Active Age

Thank You Recent Donors! Opal Alford Brenda Allen Evelyn Allen Joyce Allen Virginia Amend Jo Auchterlonie Norma Bachman Timothy Baier Joyce Bailey Jerry Bammes John Barnett Jennifer Baugh Marilyn Beaver Robert Bequette Gisela Bette Carolyn Bonham F.J. Boots Donald Bostwick Robert Bridgman Barbara Bunting Mac Carder Marilyn Caret John Cary William Coatney Norma Coles Phyllis […]

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